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Department of Materials

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International students

Manchester is a diverse, multicultural city, and the University takes great pride in welcoming students from across the world.

Gabriele Kalantaite

Being around world-class researchers and women academics is fascinating as well as the number of opportunities students get. I did an internship after my first year of studies which led me to a placement in industry for my fourth year project.

Gabriele Kalantaite / Materials Science, International student

From the cars we drive to the bridges we cross, materials science shapes the world we live in. That is why the University of Manchester devotes more activity to materials research than anywhere else in Europe, providing a comprehensive and inspirational education of the field. As a graduate from this department, you will not only be sought-after across several industries but will go on to fulfil a vital role in enhancing everyday life for the future.

Our fashion courses also provide a thorough grounding in all aspects of retail theory, immersing students in an intellectually stimulating experience and producing highly employable graduates.

There are plenty of funding options available to international students, regardless of your level of programme. Provided you can meet our English language and visa requirements, you could be the next to study at our prestigious Department.

If you're coming to Manchester to study from overseas, there are a few things to consider before you apply.

Find out more about the University’s funding options, language information and Manchester in general, below.

English language requirements

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency. The minimum English Language requirements are given below:

Materials Engineering courses
GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C/4, or;
IELTS 6 with no subtest less than 5.5, or;
An acceptable equivalent qualification.

Fashion courses
GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C/4, or;
IELTS 6 with no subtest less than 6.0, or;
An acceptable equivalent qualification.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Fees, funding and scholarships

There are a range of funding options open to international students, depending on the nature of your programme.

Explore our fees and funding pages to discover more about these.

Undergraduate fees and funding:
Taught master's fees and funding
Postgraduate research funding options

Foundation programmes

Would you like to study Materials Science at Manchester but don't have the right entry qualifications? A Foundation Year course could be the solution for you. The Integrated Foundation Year is 'year zero' of a four or five year course that leads to a degree from one of the schools of science or engineering at The University of Manchester.

Additionally, you can find out more about foundation courses for international students on the main University website.

Visa requirements

To study at The University of Manchester, international students require a student visa.

Please read the University’s guidance on visas before you start working on your application.